Ithaca Twilight 5K Results

So another Twilight 5K is in the books. This year we had both rain and the train, 413 runners, several regional Girls on the Run teams, and Joel running barefoot in a banana suit. Approximately 140 runners were under the age of 18, the youngest being 7. The men’s winner was Ethan Seltzer in 17:23. The top woman was 13-year-old Kinsley Jacobs in 20:50.

Results | Text results with age group awards

We have many thank you’s to give so here it goes in no particular order. Thank you Bill King and John Donaldson for unloading the van, setting up the course and reloading the van afterward, and John for helping to unload at the storage unit. Super thanks to our traffic control monitors, Bill Gilligan, Jim Rogers, Morgan Howland, and Jack Gould of the Ithaca Fire Police, and FLRC board members Alan Lockett and Dan Longaker. Thank you to our course marshals Denice Cassaro, Emily Funk, Bailey Drewes, Julienne Flynn, Erin Larson, Julie Quinn, Jeremy Downs, Pete Kresock, Courtney Grey, and Aaron Proujansky! Tim Ingall—lead and sweep biker—you’re the man! Sherry, Maren, and Nora Golden, and Mark and Bryce—thank you for manning the water stops! Thanks to the finish line timing crew Leone Timing and Results Services.

We had an awesome packet-pickup/registration crew also: Pete Dady, Amelia Habicht, and Emily Funk heading up Tuesday pickup at Finger Lakes Running & Triathlon Company. Thanks to them and the folks at the store for the use of their location for packet pickup. On race day, we had Steve Shaum, Jon Shaff, Brenda Michaud, Ally Jauquet, Pete Kresock, Sarah Anderson, and Mike Allinger working to get everyone registered on time. Thanks everyone for a great evening!

If we’re forgetting someone here, we’re truly sorry. (And please let us know!) Without all of you, FLRC could not continue to hold these events!

– Race Directors Mickie Saunders-Jauquet and Gary McCheyne

Mr. Hector’s Thom B Race Recap

Now that everyone’s cold hands have finally warmed up, we here at Mismanagement HQ would like to offer a recap of Saturday’s festivities, held in memory of Thom Bugliosi. Given the weather, we are frankly amazed that about 18 first-timers of the 110 folks made it across the finish line, from 132 total registered. This is one reason why Finger Lakes trail running requires toughness, and will make you tougher as you continue along the path of the FLRC Trail Circuit.

As if on queue, the race day rains started at the stroke of 7 AM when the opening bell rang, keeping the long-haulers from overheating on the first couple of laps. The trail was in pretty fine shape leading up to the 10 AM start, but of 80 pairs of shoes have a way of softening up the wet ground. Therefore the final push in the 42K proved even more challenging.

With respect to the race results, notable performances of the day include the following:


Amelia Kaufman led Yvette De Boer by 90 seconds for the women’s win. Former co-RD Shelly Marino was able to keep up with Audrey Balander for a spell, though not long enough to secure top Turbo-Vet. Adam Engst took the men’s win handily, with the other top five runners four minutes off and finishing within mere seconds of each other. To the delight of those at the finish, a couple folks came late to the dance, but they happily jumped in and caught up with much of the pack for a morning well spent.


A close race between Cornell grad Michael Selig and local triathlon stud Brian Lee, ended with Selig ahead by 30 seconds in his last year as an Open competitor. Fourth overall and first woman Charlotte Malmborg led Open winner Jennifer Selig by five minutes. Team Atrocious stringer Dumptruck Rossiter ran another loop in memory of his friend — the titular Thom Bugliosi — but let Kevon Brisson of Cicero take Turbo-Vet since D-Truck retired from racing after last year’s Thom B.


Men’s winner Andrew Siefert was credited with “going the extra mile” and finishing in 4:06 by way of the parking lot due to a tactical error. Locals Nancy Kleinrock outlasted local Sheena Heise for the women’s win in 4:25, as the pair took the fifth and sixth spots overall. Ultra regulars Ed Housel and Cory West were out once again for Ed’s last appearance as a Vet, placing second and third, with Josh Buczek in fourth rounding out the front of the pack. Turbo-Vet winner Jim Chely — running on a strict eight-mile-per-week training routine — outpaced Ron Cunningham in 4:50. Local trail fiend Paige Anderson raced Elvina Scott to a 5:20 finish, leaving them with Turbo-Vet and Vet women’s wins.

The neat parts of trail racing are the ones often found in solitude out on the trail, forever a memory to those who push hard to reach their goals. A couple local trail denizens, David Losee and Kevin Tripp, fought off cramps and hypothermia — as did many of you! — to secure their marathon finishes just under the wire. Amanda Hsu and Paul Maza needed a few extra victory laps to properly welcome the spring, each collecting 29 miles total. Never one for conventionality, Peter Keirn donned his customary kilt, sandals, and hunting hat for his long forest journey.

Naturally, this amazing event could not go on without the efforts of some important folks who make this possible. Our thanks to:

  • Ann and Charlie Leonard, who swept the course and continually steward the land.
  • Mike Ludgate, the Leonards, Susan Rausch, Johnny Rocket, and the rest of the Friends of Hammond Hill.
  • Susan Rausch of Camp Earth Connection for hosting us.
  • CNY Wilderness Search and Rescue for keeping us tallied, safe, and on-trail.
  • Hammond Hill Social Club for trail condition updates.
  • NYS Deptartment of Environment Conservation for overseeing this gem of a multi-use forest.
  • The timing crew, led by Scott Wehrwein, with help from course marker Eric Sambolec, crew chief Adam Engst, and Kayla and Judson Powers.
  • Setup and breakdown: Thanks to Adam and Tonya Engst, Scot Jacobs, Eric Sambolec, Pete Kresock, and the few of you cool enough to jump in and assist wherever you could.We’re looking forward to the rest of the season and invite you to come back to Ithaca on June 2 during the Ithaca Festival. The FLRC next hosts the Tortoise & Hare Trail Run at Buttermilk Falls State Park, followed by the Finger Lakes 50s (volunteers needed) on June 30, and the beginner-friendly, ever-gorgeous Forest Frolic 7K/15K on July 14. And don’t miss out on the STRC’s Tanglefoot Trail Runs on Fathers Day — part of our Trail Circuit. All this and more at

    Yours always on happy trails,
    ~Joel C. & Gary M.
    Mr. Hector & Mr. Eckshonn, Thom B. Trail Runs

Marathon Start

2018 Skunk Cabbage Recap and Thank You

Most of the 1000+ Skunk Cabbage runners who registered during the winter months naively believed winter would be long gone come race day. When April 8 finally rolled around, runners could only contemplate “What was I thinking?” as they raced their way through a snow squall and heavy winds over East Ithaca’s backroads. Half marathoners had the pleasure of a strong tailwind for much of the first half, only to get smacked in the face with an equally aggressive headwind as they turned onto Ellis Hollow Creek Road just past the halfway point. When it was all said and done 625 runners competed the half marathon, with another 348 10K finishers. Because of the adverse weather conditions finishing times were generally slower all-around, although some runners did achieve personal records.

Kim Vona of Buffalo was our women’s 10K winner in 38:50. Defending champion William Hoyne took the men’s title in 34:01, over 30 seconds off his winning time from 2017 when the course conditions were much better. (Hoyne also took second place in the 2016 10K.) Caty Menard and Joe Woodworth won the 10K Masters awards. Ann Sick won the women’s Grandmasters (50+) title, while on the men’s side it was Mookie Kent (who also was the overall winner at the last year’s 5 & 10.) At age 53, Kent was third overall in the Skunk 10K and our first over-40 finisher.

Over 13.1 miles, Ithaca’s Jennifer Boerner won the women’s race for the second straight year with a blazing fast 1:24:14. Perennial Skunk Cabbage speedster Richard Powell, the 2016 winner, again topped the field in 1:13:23. (No stranger to the Ellis Hollow hills, Powell also took second place in 2017 and 2015.) Cassandra Crane and Yvette DeBoer were our women’s Masters and Grandmasters winners, respectively. In the men’s race, Scott Dawson edged out Kenny Makosch by five seconds for the Masters win, while Boris Dzikovski failed to get lost and won the men’s Grandmasters division. (You can read Scott’s blog post about the race here.) Each of these age group winners — from both race distances — was also awarded an RRCA New York State Championship medal for his or her effort.

RRCA NY State Award Winners

Results and Race Photos

Have a blog post or any media links you’d like us to share? Let us know and we’ll link to it on our web page. And let’s see your photos! Tag #SkunkCabbageClassic and @FLRCithaca on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and consider joining our Strava group.

Link to results

10k Results with Age Group awards (text)

Half marathon results with Age Group awards (text)

Race photos from photographer Steve Gallow: Coming soon.

Facebook photo album from Matthew Gawors:

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Did you forget to pre-order a shirt and still want something to remember the day? We have a limited quantity of shirts available for purchase for $15 apiece. (Click for image.) E-mail Race Director Alex at to grab one before they’re gone!

If you finished the Half Marathon and did not receive a medal but would still like one, you can stop at Finger Lakes Running Company in the Ithaca Commons to pick one up. The same goes for any Age Group award winners who did not pick up their gift card awards after the race.

Thank You

The race organizers would like to recognize everyone who pitched in his or her time to help make the race possible. Major kudos for those whose spent volunteer hours outside enduring the crazy weather as they encouraged and supported all of our participants. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Setting up, managing and breaking down course, including the start/finish line — Gary McCheyne, Charles Fay, Bob Talda, Evan Kurtz, Joe Reynolds, Carl Franck, Jullien Flynn, Bob Walters, Joel Cisne, and Ian Golden.
  • Saturday packet pickup, day of registration and shirt sales — Shelly Marino, Amelia Habicht, Gretchen Gilbert, Emily Funk, Jon Shaff, Maria Costanzo, Sue Aigen, David Keifer, Mike Allinger, Caroline Rasmussen, Ashley Schmidt, Laurie Cuomo, Marlaina Gehret, and Siham Safi.
  • RRCA table — The Jauquet family.
  • Food setup and management — Sarah Drumheller, Alissa Short, Amy Panek, Isabelle Schweitzer, Kerra Quinn, and Jess Boulia.
  • Motorcycle Lead — Neil Klohmann.
  • Cyclists — Adam Engst, Tom Hartshorne, Emily Funk, Lauren Brzozowski, and David Mountin and his friend Tom.
  • Water Stops — Katahdin Sandy, Myriah Marnell, Donal Fitterer, Marian Fowler, Albert Fowler, Elizabeth, Fowler, Shealena Hartwell, Carl Hartwell, Neil Schwartzbach, and Sally Schwartzbach.
    • The Cornell Running Club — Kimberly Chen, Moriah Adeghe, Julia Tantillo, Polen Guzelocak, and Jeremy Yong.
    • The Ithaca Hash House Harriers — Pete Dady and crew.
    • Pickle Ball Rocks! — Karen Hom, Lou Hom, Molly Hom, Jack Hom, and Dave Lawrence.
    • Alpha Phi Omega — Nathaniel Garry, Dorothy Leung, Angela Zhang, Meera Bhide, Molly Zhang, Caitlin Garbo, Reba and Michael Klingensmith, Matthew Vani, and Karuna Katariwala.
  • Course Marshals — Nathaniel Garry, Dorothy Leung, Michael and Sarah Sullivan, Nick Bennett, Jake Read, Beverly Chin, Dara Panter, Alan Lockett, Shelia Squier, Bruce Roebal, Gerrit Van Loon, Liz Vance, Steven Folsom, Mary Ann and Tom Rishel, Ruth Sproul, Nora McIver-Sheridan, Karlene Smith, Brigid Shipman, Jason Hamm, Ching Pang, Kieran Loehr, Pooja Reddy, Craig and Maureen Trowbridge, Jenna Oliver, Ariana Gracia-Cassani, Cara Smith, Ruby Jin, Jia Yi Wang, Bill Addo and Jennifer Christianson.
  • Finish Line Awards — Brenda Michaud, Claire Colvin and her friend Talia, and Reba and Michael Klingensmith.

Additional thank you to this year’s Skunk Cabbage sponsors for helping to make the race possible. Please support our local businesses and organizations just as they supported us in putting on this event. Gimme CoffeeBuffalo Wild Wings (Ithaca)WegmansCNY Racing, Tompkins County Amateur Radio AssociationFinger Lakes Running CompanyIthaca MilkIthaca Bakery,  and Gatorade. We also wish to thank Cornell University, the Cornell Running Club, the Road Runners Club of America, and the Ithaca running community for their continued support of this event!

So what’s next?

Now that you’ve completed Skunk, why not jump into the Earth Day Half Marathon (April 22, Syracuse) and the Herald of Victory Half (May 27, Binghamton) and earn yourself an extra sweet medal for finishing the Upstate New York Half Marathon Series.

Just interested in the Earth Day 13.1? Register here and use the code SKUNK18 for $13 off the registration fee. Those doing Skunk and Earth Day can earn an additional “Country Mouse/City Mouse” medal to add to their collections. Email to let them know!

Looking to supplement your road running? The FLRC Trail Circuit this summer offers a number of awesome options. Thom B (May 12) is up next, and you can’t beat the beauty of the Hammond Hill trails in the springtime!

We look forward to seeing you on the roads, track, and trails this summer. Save the date for the 38th Annual Skunk Cabbage, usually the second Sunday in April, 2019.


Recap of FLRC’s massive March indoor track meet

FLRC’s final indoor track meet of 2018 went off without a hitch on Sunday, and full results are now available. The meet was one of our largest ever, thanks in part to being cosponsored by the Cornell Running Club as a National Intercollegiate Running Club Association (NIRCA) meet that drew teams from as far away as Buffalo, NY and Burlington, VT. Also increasing interest in the meet was a popular race walking clinic presented by Erin Taylor-Talcott, a world record holder in the 50K race walk who was fresh off a second place in an international 50K race walk in Monterrey, Mexico. And we were happy to see youth teams from Ithaca’s own GIAC Navigators and the Syracuse-based SAS ATOMS joining our regulars from the Corning-based Southern Tier SOAR and the Auburn Pulsars.

We kicked the meet off with four heats of the 3000m, culminating in a compelling final heat in which Sam Lagasse repeated his win from last month (a 9:49 in the 2 mile) by running an even more impressive 8:51. In the last lap, Lagasse turned up the speed to outkick David Richards (8:54) and Keith McAteer of the Syracuse University Running Club (8:59). Further back in the pack in the fast heat, Jullien Flynn of Red Newt Racing keyed off the extra competition from being in a mixed race to run a strong 9:57, a season’s best and 1:13 ahead of the second place woman.

Switching from our longest race to the shortest, the 60m showed incredible depth, with a slew of fast times across the last three heats. Patrick Skinner took the win in 7.19 seconds in heat 16, followed by Mike D’Angelo’s 7.25 in heat 17, William Zuckerberg’s 7.31 in heat 16 for the Cornell Running Club, and a tie for fourth between Arnoldo Burnett (heat 15) and Blake Williams (heat 17, for the University of Vermont Running Club) in 7.32. For the women, Charlie Slusser of Southern Tier SOAR won in 8.36, beating Rose Simmons of Mohawk Valley Community College’s 8.67. Four other women also finished under 8.87 seconds.

Next up was our exhibition event — the 800m race walk. It’s not a traditional event, but after Erin Taylor-Talcott’s presentation, we wanted to give people a chance to try race walking for real. It’s not as easy as it looks, and good race walkers speed right along. We had 20 finishers, led by Tayler-Talcott’s husband, Dave Talcott (himself an accomplished race walker) in 3:58 and followed by local favorite Gerrit Van Loon in 4:20 and the Cornell Running Club’s Claire Jones in 4:21. Geraldine Rogers even made the long drive down from near Rome for the race walking presentation and to try this race.

Changing gears again, we moved on to 19 heats of the 200m, and again, there was great depth. The two fastest times of the day came in the final 19th heat, but the next two finishers set their times in heats 18 and 17. In a finish that was really too close to call, Alex Worsley of the Cornell Track & Field Club nominally outleaned Blake Williams of the University of Vermont Running Club, 23.94 to 23.95. Without camera-based fully automatic timing, however, it’s impossible to know for sure who really won. For the women, Charlie Slusser of Southern Tier SOAR repeated her win in the 60m, coming through the tape in 28.87, nearly 1 second ahead of Mya Marsh of the Candor CSD Running Club.

Our final and largest individual event of the day was the 1 mile race, with 120 finishers across 10 heats. It was the fourth event in the MITHACAL MILE SERIES, so I’ll start calculating rankings soon — remember that you need to race four miles to compete for an age-group award. The mile races were exciting, and the times were impressive — fully 31 competitors ran under 5:15. The fast last heat featured blistering kicks and exciting finishes for both first and second, and third and fourth. Mik Kern, who won last month’s mile with a strong final lap in 4:41, tried for the same strategy this time, but Kody Parrott of the University of Buffalo XC and Track Club had a ferocious kick of his own, and managed to outpace Kern in the final meters, 4:36.1 to 4:36.4. Just seconds behind them, David Richards pulled off a similar feat to take third, beating Nico Tripeny of the B Team, 4:39.4 to 4:39.9. The women’s race wasn’t in the slightest bit close, with Kristina Schwartz of Red Newt Racing duplicating her teammate Jullien Flynn’s strategy of moving up smoothly to clock a 5:00.4, 22 seconds in front of second place.

(As an aside, the day before, in the outdoor Belmar Parade Day Mile in Binghamton, the Ithaca-based Red New Racing team of Kristina Schwarz, Jullien Flynn, and Rachel Hilliard, who was head timer for Sunday’s track meet, swept the women’s elite race in 5:15, 5:29, and 5:44!)

As always, we closed out the meet with 6 heats of a relay race — a 4 by 400m this time. Despite all the collegiate runners participating, the Candor CSD Running Club replicated their February win, clocking a team effort of 3:55.

Finally, I want to thank our volunteers, who get better and better at running these track meets even as the number of runners grows — they deserve significant appreciation for putting on a 6-hour event for hundreds of runners and spectators. Rachel Hilliard shouldered head timer duties after being shown the ropes by Scott Wehrwein, and Adam Pacheck did a stellar job with backup timing and lap counting. Jullien Flynn and Emily Funk juggled athlete entries, scratch, and seed time changes with aplomb, and produced results faster than ever before. Becca Lovenheim wrangled a record number of runners in her role as head clerk-of-course, with Tonya Engst shepherding each heat to the starting line. Tom Rishel started each race perfectly, with no false starts or major delays for reloading. Julie Quinn recorded finisher order calmly and accurately, no mean feat when four runners finish in quick succession within seconds. Josh Brockner and Alex Colvin joined us to time the lane-timed races and both were generally helpful as necessary. David Keifer, Carl Franck, and Tonya Engst came early to help set up, and David both managed rolling bib pickup and had many things torn down before the final relay heat was done. My thanks to each and every one of you — numerous runners and coaches have commented on how smoothly our meets run due to your efforts!

We’ll be taking a break from track for a few months before starting up the summer meets at Lansing High School. The dates for the summer meets are June 19th, July 17th, and August 21st — get full details and event info here.

See you then!

High School Seniors: Apply for a $1000 FLRC Scholarship

The Finger Lakes Runners Club is proud to announce the following scholarship program:

Program Eligibility

  • Two unrestricted, $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to two deserving high school seniors who participated on their school’s cross-country and/or track and field teams.
  • Eligible students must reside in Tompkins or a surrounding county.
  • FLRC membership is not required.


  • To apply, applicants must submit a letter describing their academic, extracurricular, and running achievements. Those applying should include any plans they have for a running career beyond high school and the personal benefits they have gained by participating in the sport.
  • Applicants should include two letters of recommendations—one from a teacher and one from a coach. Please do not send complete transcripts or additional material for consideration as these will not be reviewed.
  • Mail application materials to:

FLRC Scholarship Committee
Attn:  Lorrie Tily
P.O. Box 185
Locke, NY 13092

Identification of Recipient

  • The Scholarship Committee must receive scholarship applications by April 27, 2018.
  • Committee members will review submissions and identify recipients by May 18, 2018.
  • Recipients may be asked to present their scholarship application materials to the FLRC Board of Directors.

Try Race Walking at FLRC’s March Track Meet with World-Record Holder Erin Taylor-Talcott

Here’s something to brighten your week—looking forward to learning race walking with Erin Taylor-Talcott at FLRC’s March 4th track meet.

Erin has had an outstanding athletic career as a race walker, with a current focus on the 50K distance. The About section of her Facebook profile tells us that she is a world record holder in the 50K and has 23 U.S. records. Erin is also notable for her efforts to get women included equally in Olympic race walking and to help women receive equal prize money in USATF-funded races.

When race walking, one foot must be in contact with the ground at all times. To see what race walking looks like and to learn more about Erin, watch this video.

If you’re interested in race walking, you can watch, learn, race, and review at the FLRC March 4 track meet:

  • Watch at 9:00 AM: Erin will be race walking in the first event of the meet, the 3000-meter race, so you can watch her to see how it’s done. (Experienced race walkers are welcome to compete in this event or the 1 mile, though we don’t have a special race walking heat.)
  • Learn at 9:30 AM: Once Erin finishes competing and recovers from her race, she’ll conduct a free race walking clinic behind the bleachers. Beginners are welcome and highly encouraged!
  • Race at 10:45 AM (estimated): After the 60-meter sprints, we’ll have one heat (or more, if necessary) of an 800-meter race specifically for race walking, making it possible for those who attend the clinic to give race walking a try on the track.
  • Review your race: After the 800-meter race, Erin will be available to talk about how the race went for you, if your form was legal, and what to try next in the pursuit of more race walking.

You can register now to race! To register for the 800m race walk, be sure to select the 1500m race walk (our registration software doesn’t have an 800m option, but it will be an 800m at the meet). Pre-registration is free to all FLRC members, and either $3 (students) or $5 (adults) for nonmembers. Day-of-race registration costs $10 for everyone. The registration fee includes as many races as you care to run (or race walk!).

Smooth Running and Fast Times in FLRC’s February Indoor Track Meet

FLRC’s February 2018 indoor track meet is in the books! On Sunday, 230 runners piled into Cornell’s Barton Hall to compete in the 2 mile, 800m, 200m, 1 mile, and 4x400m relay. We had runners as young as 5 and as old as 70 (sometimes in the same heat). Everything went swimmingly (runningly?) and good times were had by all, both on and off the track. Results are now available.

In the 2 mile, Sam Lagasse seeded himself at 10:00, and then proceeded to give a master class on pacing while running at 9:49, lapping even second-place Joe Thompson, who finished in 10:55. Local runner Rich Heffron had also seeded himself at 10:00 and might have been able to give Lagasse some competition, but Rich was unable to make the meet given that his wife gave birth to their first child a few hours before. Congratulations, Rich! For the women, Veronica Dailey ran a 12:52 for first place, with 52-year-old Anne Shafer-Nolan (coming off a strong performance at the Hartshorne Memorial Masters Mile) not far behind in 13:03.

We had 9 heats of the 800m next, and it was a strong field, with 15 runners going under 2:10. In the final heat of the day, Corning-Painted Post West’s Bryce Derick took the lead in the last lap and managed to hold off a spirited kick by teammate Quinn Nicholson, winning in 1:59.9 to Nicholson’s 2:00.2. The women’s race was almost as close, with Alyssa Walker of the Crusaders running a 2:21.0 to beat Corning-Painted Post West’s Alyssa Walker by 1 second.

Next up were the sprinters in the 200m, and Jhamir Brown of Elmira took the crown with a masterful 24.05. After him came a tight pack of Lance Jensen of the Candor CSD Club Runners, second in 24.85, Steven Shepard of Chenango Forks, third in 24.88, and Tyreek Billups of the Cornell Track & Field Club, fourth in 24.98. Similarly closely contested was the women’s race, with Isobel Sheffey of Watkins Glen beating Elora Ferrie of Corning-Painted Post West 27.54 to 27.79.

The most popular race of the day was the 1 mile, with 80 runners spread across 8 heats. It also proved one of the most exciting as all the runners in the fastest heat went out in a tight pack for three laps. Eventually, though, it broke up a bit, and Mik Kern went to the front at the start of the final lap and threw down a ferocious kick to beat Steven Segal of Notre Dame High School 4:41 to 4:43. The women ran strong as well, with Aneisa Dodson of Elmira crossing the finish line in 5:27, 1 second ahead of Katherine Mertus of Corning-Painted Post West.

Finally, in the 4x400m relay, Lance Jensen anchored a powerful Candor CSD Club Runners team to clock a 3:51.6, not quite 2 seconds ahead of Elmira’s team, anchored by Patrick Hemmenway, which finished in 3:53.0.

This was one of our smoothest meets yet, thanks to the efforts of an increasingly experienced volunteer team, and they deserve huge thanks for putting on 5-hour event for hundreds of runners and spectators. Scott Wehrwein was head timer, with Aaron Proujansky as backup timer; he also did double duty counting laps for leaders. Jullien Flynn set new speed records of her own in getting results out after each event (with help from David Keifer and Casey Carlstrom), and her work in entering day-of-meet entries and changing seed times made everything run well. Becca Lovenheim exercised a calm hand while wrangling runners as clerk of course, and Bob Swizdor shepherded each heat to the starting line. Tom Rishel, a past president of FLRC, did a bang up job (sorry) of starting each race. Pete Kresock and Jesse Koennecke recorded finisher order, which is sometimes easier said than done when four runners finish within a second or two of each other. Jesse also took a break to run the mile and lower his PR by a few seconds before coming back and taking over as head timer for the relays. Tonya Engst ran registration and the 1 mile, lowering her 2018 personal best by 5 seconds in the process. And David Keifer was instrumental in both setup and teardown, along with handling rolling bib pickup and helping out wherever else he could. Thanks to all of you!

Super Frosty Loomis Race Report

First off, thanks to our supporting and sponsoring organizations: Finger Lakes Running & Triathlon Co., Stonewall Wine & Spirits, Hopshire Brewery, Old Goat Gear Exchange, Friends of Hammond Hill, and of course the Dryden Hotel for their fabulous hospitality. Thanks to Ann & Charlie Leonard for allowing us to use the Hammond Hill-Ton and their land, on which about 1/4 mile of the course passes — including the start and finish. Thanks to Adam Engst, Tonya Engst, and Carrie Sipe who facilitated timing and registration. Thanks to Joel Cisne, Gretchen Gilbert, Eric Jon Maki, Gary McCheyne, and Bob Talda, who helped with various duties on the course, at the Hill-Ton, or with equipment and supplies. Thanks to Melissa Gustafson Schmidt for the fabulous veggie soup! Thanks to Matt Westerlund who provided the loaner snowshoes from Bob Dion’s wonderful snowshoe company. Thanks to Gracie Pajonk for taking and sharing some awesome pics from the race! A special thanks to Will F. and I believe Michael A. & Eric P., who helped get an injured runner back to the finish. The report is that she is okay, but very sore today.  Lastly, a huge thank you goes out to fellow race directors Boris Dzikovski and Dave Kania. If I missed anyone, please let me know and I apologize.

Highlights from the race include Jamie Woolsey’s women’s 10K course record by nearly eight minutes, and Sarah Ridenour’s fourth consecutive win in the Mini-Loomis 5K. We also saw a new course record by Tom Olson in the men’s Mini-Loomis 5K, and a tight three-way battle in the men’s 10K between myself (Eric), Jeremy Drowne, and Mikhail Kern. It left us separated by less than four seconds at the finish line and left me very sore today! Big thanks to everyone who came out yesterday — this was our biggest Loomis so far. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves and we hope this will encourage more people to get out on the trails all year round!

– Eric Sambolec, Race Director

Race start. PC: Gracie Pajonk


View results.

Huge thanks to Gracie Pajonk, who came with her husband Eric Pajonk to the race and took a slew of pictures at the start and finish. You can view her gallery here. You may view, download, and share the full-resolution photos for free and in any way you like. Gracie just asks that you credit her as the photographer when sharing in public. You can tag her on Facebook using her profile “Gracie Pajonk” or on Instagram as @minimalgrace. We realize there aren’t that many people in these photos, but let us know if you’d like to see this sort of photography at other FLRC races.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to tag FLRC on Facebook as @FingerLakesRunnersClub, and on Instagram and Twitter as @FLRCithaca.

FLRC Annual Meeting Celebrates 50 Years of Running on March 18th

Join us for the 50th anniversary of the Finger Lakes Runners Club!

On March 18th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Joe’s Restaurant, we’ll be providing light appetizers and brief remarks about past, present, and future of the club. We’ll also have exhibits of memorabilia from the good old days of running in Ithaca. (And if you have anything great, please bring it to show off!)

To sweeten the deal, you can join your fellow club members and aspiring pastry chefs in our annual dessert contest! Enter your favorite dessert and the winner of the contest shall receive a $25 gift card to the Finger Lakes Running & Triathlon Company. Or just come, sample all the desserts, and vote for your favorites.

Attendance is free, but please RSVP so we can give a head count to Joe’s Restaurant.

FLRC Group Runs Begin February 4th

Running with other FLRC members just got easier, thanks to several group runs being organized for 2018!

With Shelly Marino as our volunteer Group Run director and a few FLRC members who’ve volunteered to lead these runs, we’ve been able to schedule a regular run for the first and third Sundays of every month, starting on February 4th. These runs will begin at the base of the Black Diamond trail, near the Children’s Garden and turtle at Ithaca’s Cass Park.

An important historical detail is that Black Diamond in this case refers to coal, and to the former railroad line that the Black Diamond trail follows. What Black Diamond does not refer to is a super-steep ski slope! So, although this trail does have a slight incline up from its base at Cass Park, it’s not a challenging hill by any standard.

We hope to have several volunteer leaders at each of these runs, with, perhaps, one leader actually leading, one in the middle, and one “sweeping” at the back. If you’d like to join the Group Run team and lead these runs regularly (or just occasionally), please get in touch with Shelly.

Mingling and registration will begin at 8:30 AM and we’ll start running at 8:45 AM. The group will run along the trail for about a half-hour and then turn around. In this way, everyone should start and finish together, regardless of pace, and we hope that everyone will find a few buddies going at an enjoyable speed. Walking or stopping to rest is also okay!

You need to register only once for the entire year—your registration is mostly just signing a liability waiver. You can do this online here, or if that’s not convenient for you, make sure to arrive at 8:30 so there will be time for you to register.

For more details, visit the Group Run page.
FLRC will also be involved with the popular Eat & Run runs that Vicki Brous has led in the past, and we believe that these will kick off in March of 2018, on the second and fourth Sunday. These runs will have a later start time than the 8:45 AM Black Diamond runs. Stay tuned to the FLRC site for details.